Aderito Ruben is a third-year student with the Faculty of Economics at the Dili Institute of Business (IOB) in Timor Leste’s capital city. Recently, at the invitation of their national army (F-FDTL), he joined 19 other IOB students for a 3-day Master Trainer workshop where 23 CWS-supported F-FDTL peer educators were practicing their recently honed education / training skills.
In Timor Leste, the risk for HIV’s spread and for other, related, sexually transmitted infections, remains largely unaddressed – though with some exceptions, like the CWS-F-FDTL partnership. So, the workshop’s value was twofold: it was an opportunity for Aderito and his classmates to learn about a health risk that is not discussed often, despite its importance, and it gave the F-FDTL a chance to further hone their skills.
“I’m happy I had a chance to join this workshop,“ Aderito said; “We don’t get this kind of information at IOB and, in these two days, we heard a lot about HIV transmission and how to prevent it. Also, we saw how effective HIV education sessions are facilitated. We all need this kind of information so we can stay healthy, and I plan to share what I heard here with my friends.”
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